Having to update your Flash Player has actually become a joke in pop culture (“How come the good guys with the laptop never have to wait to update their Flash Players when they’re trying to track the bad guys?”), but part of why it feels like you’re always updating your Flash Player is because the fine folks at Adobe keep upgrading it. As new platforms and new tech comes along that rely on this mainstay to power video and web applications, Adobe keeps you in the loop with a new update. So quit yer complainin’!

Flash Player

In all seriousness, Adobe just released Flash Player 17.0.0.188 for both IE and non-IE users, and the features are pretty great. The first one that will really stand out to users is the ability to view high-quality/low bandwidth video with advanced compression technology and multi-threaded video decoding. Those cat videos you love so much will play even better, even in lower levels of connectivity speed. Just in case you forgot, one of the cool things about Flash Player is that it compresses really great animations and vector layers into smaller packages, meaning it doesn’t take a day and half to buffer your video.

One other really cool part of this update is the real-time dynamic effects, all of which contain multiple filters for popular effects like Bevel, Glow, DropShadow, Blur, Displacement Map, Color Matrix, Convolution, Gradient Glow and Gradient Bevel. Of course, that’s second to the included advanced text rendering “engine” which lets you enjoy really crisp, artistic text.

Still hung up on that annoying box reminding you to update your Flash Player? Ignore it. Check the box that lets Adobe simply update it without bothering you every time they come out with one. Wait, you did check the box, but you still get those buggy reminders? There’s a reason for that. According to a recent post by Adobe, they still do that if the fix pertains to an actual operating threat of some kind, just to keep you informed about it. They’ll also remind you that they’re about to run an update if it’s been more than 45 days since you logged on after their last update, just so they aren’t running stuff behind your back without you knowing it. Pretty sweet, actually.

Since everybody’s so used to having to download a Flash update, it’s become a hot property for malware spreaders, so always make sure you’re getting your update from a reputable source like Adobe or FileHippo to get the IE version update, CLICK HERE, or to download the Flash Player update for non-IE users, CLICK HERE.